Our previous blog offered information on reducing asthma attacks. In it, we addressed some of the biggest triggers for the 25 million people who suffer from asthma in the United States, including tobacco smoke, dust, mold, and outdoor air pollution. While rescue inhalers can help in the event of an asthma attack, avoiding them is often the better choice. Often preventative measures like residential air duct cleaning will make great strides in avoiding asthma attacks. Knowing and understanding how the asthma sufferer is affected by triggers will help to reduce the number of attacks.
Here are other common triggers for asthma:
- Smoke from an indoor or outdoor fire (This includes burning wood and grass, along with tobacco)
- Pet allergies, fur or dander
- Cockroach allergens
- Illnesses, like influenza, colds, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), sinus infections, etc.
- Acid reflux
- Physical exercise (typically diagnosed as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB)
- Changes in weather, thunderstorms, breathing cold, dry air, or air that is humid
- Some foods and food additives
- Some fragrances, perfumes, or strong odors/chemicals
- Some medications
- Emotional anxiety or stress
- Dust mites
Keeping a home closed up is not always the best way to reduce asthma attacks if the air quality is poor indoors. However, having great air quality indoors will help to reduce the number of asthma attacks an asthma sufferer will have in a year. Many of the triggers are environmental in nature. Residential air duct cleaning for your Las Vegas home will help. J & J Air Duct Cleaning & Decontamination can make a recommendation on how often, but the average time for recommendations is annually.
*Sources: Center for Disease Control and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology